Archive for the ‘Sancreed’ Category

Plan-It Earth Bushcraft – (Grid Ref 420291)

July 6, 2009

With many years teaching under my belt I hope to re-introduce knowledge and skills that many people and communities have lost (or forgotten) in an enthusiastic and positive way. Working with whole communities, groups or individuals I design and deliver bespoke courses, workshops and residencies which pass on these skills and re-connect participants to the Environment and each other; all based on the clients’ needs and locality.

One of the overall aims of all the courses being to empower participants to be more self-reliant and independent, better prepared for an uncertain and changing world. The practical and experiential nature of all the courses also enables participants to develop creative problem solving skills and gain confidence in themselves.

Bushcraft Workshop at Plan-It Earth

Bushcraft Workshop at Plan-It Earth

Previous course have included skills such as:

  • Fire making (by friction, compression and modern methods)
  • Archery and bow construction
  • Cordage
  • Net construction and application
  • Willow coppicing
  • Hurdle making
  • Wild food
  • Charcoal Burning
  • Camp craft
  • Green woodworking
  • Neolithic Painting and Art

Next course is on the 18th July 2009 at Plan-It Earth Eco project.

http://www.plan-itearth.org.uk/2009/coursesandevents/index.php

Plan-It Earth Tree Planting – (Grid Ref 420291)

July 6, 2009

In return for my help on the Geodome project Rachel and David agreed to let me plant a small area of their land with ash trees. This long term coppicing project began in Winter 2008 with the planting of 30 – 40 ash trees (bare root stock) in 3 lines at the bottom of one of their fields.

To plant trees using the method described below you will need the following:

  • 1 x spade,
  • 1 x tree (in this case bare root stock)
  • 1 x tree guard
  • 1 x stake
  • 1m sq black mulching plastic/old carpet

The process for planting bare root stock (small whips approx 1ft tall) is this:

  1. Push spade in to make two slits in a “T” shape. Full spade depth.
  2. Lift turf by levering spade in slits.
  3. Place Bare root stock in the gap created, making sure roots all covered.
  4. Take out spade and firmly tread on turf around tree.
  5. Place tree guard around tree, and push in stake to support it (avoid damaging roots!)
  6. Cut a slit in centre of black mulching plastic just large enough to fit around tree guard.
  7. Place plastic over tree guard, flat on ground so that tree is rising out of centre.
  8. Push corners of plastic into ground with spade to secure it, and prevent wind from blowing it around.

It was a rainy, blustery Winters day when i planted the trees, but who should turn up just as I was finishing….

Mac, Annie, Pete and Debs pretending to do all the hard work!

Mac, Annie, Pete and Debs pretending to do all the hard work!

…and from meeting them all that day Annie decided to invite me to the residency at Treloan.

Plan-It Earth Geodome – (Grid Ref 420291)

July 6, 2009

May 2008 – Getting to know Rachel and David Smart Knight who run the Plan-It Earth Eco Project in Sancreed has been a real pleasure. Full of ideas and enthusiasm for re-skilling and educating people of all ages in sustainable living, they practice what they preach.

Project 1: Geodome.

The first project I worked on with them was the construction of a large space to be used for the use of educational groups during the Spring/Summer/Autumn. The space needed to be large, and the skeleton of the structure could be a permanent feature (and needed to be maintenance free), but the covering would need to be removed in the Winter months (or whenever not in use) due to planning restrictions and regulations.

It was decided we would build a 30ft diameter geodome from tubular steel, and paint it to prevent rust. (I did have reservations about the choice of materials, but wood does need a lot of maintenance and if left has a lifespan too short to be considered). David built a scale model of the structure to double check sizes of poles and quantity (“Measure twice, cut once”, as my Dad says!). Weeks of cutting, drilling, hammering and painting ensued, but eventually the structure was erected.

The geodome skeleton

The geodome skeleton

And now the space is avaiable to be used by groups to provide a warm comforatcble educational space, close to the Nature.

Educational Space at Plan-It Earth.

Educational Space at Plan-It Earth.